Amity Circle Tree Ranch Philosophy
Our philosophy is based on the belief that life is an apprenticeship to the truth. Around every circle of truth, a larger circle can grow. The extent to which this circle expands depends upon the force of truth which the individual manifests. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our minds. We must press on, for nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Areas of Specialization
Treating Trauma and Recovery at Amity Circle Tree Ranch
At Circle Tree Ranch we understand that often chemical dependency and other addictive or self-destructive behaviors are related to overwhelming experiences of exposure to abusive power, physical and sexual abuse, disabling losses and disrupted attachment, usually beginning in childhood.
Recovery and Native American Traditions at Circle Tree Ranch
Native American traditions have symbolically been a part of the Circle Tree Ranch culture, ceremony and curriculum for over two decades. Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation center has provided extremely successful addiction treatment options for Native Americans in Arizona and throughout the Southwest for twenty years.
Meet the Staff
Ms. Naya Arbiter is the principal of Extensions, LLC, a private consulting group, which she founded. Ms. Arbiter has, in the past two years, been in twenty-two states consulting and providing training to state agencies and to professionals in human services. Simultaneously, she has continued her ground-breaking work in developing specialized curriculum for populations who have been ignored or underserved. Ms. Arbiter was one of 125 national experts on drug abuse selected by President Regan in 1987 to serve as a conferee to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America. She played a key role in the development of the conference recommendations on drug abuse treatment for the President and Congress. Ms. Arbiter has presented on adolescent drug use, prevention, and treatment; cultural competence and has published articles on substance abuse in the Journal of Adolescent Research, American Jails, and the International Journal of Addictions, as well as contributing several chapters to books on these topics.
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ABOUT AMITY CIRCLE TREE RANCH
Set in Tucson’s Tanque Verde Valley, Amity Circle Tree Ranch specializes in treating adults struggling with substance abuse, process addictions, and co-occurring disorders. Programming is residential in nature and aims to help clients heal core trauma, identify strengths, improve self-esteem, learn life skills, and address the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction. Detox services are not offered on-site, but the center will assist clients in finding a local facility for appropriate care. Additionally, culturally appropriate programming for Native Americans is available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Circle Tree Ranch takes a holistic approach to recovery, emphasizing community service, emotional intelligence, and authentic relationships. Therapeutic groups and workshops focus on topics such as moral growth, conscience development, personal responsibility, and family dynamics, as well as coping skills, relapse prevention, and 12-step recovery methods. Clients are assigned weekly jobs (e.g. meal preparation, dining room maintenance, and administrative office assistance) to promote responsibility and community involvement. Family members of clients are encouraged to participate in a variety of specialized activities, including workshops, retreats, picnics, and group therapy sessions.
The facility provides treatment at two levels of intensity. Thresholds of Change, a 90-day program, is tailored to highly motivated clients. Individuals enrolled in this level of care focus on personal growth and developing an awareness of how their substance abuse affects others. Proof of Life, a more in-depth, seven-month track, is intended for those who have experienced relapse, as well as younger participants who require more education and guidance. Proof of Life includes multiple intensive workshops and family programming, and clients who are parents may bring young children with them to the ranch while they undergo treatment.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The treatment center is located on a 50-acre ranch that previously served as both a guest ranch and a boarding school. Clients reside in semi-private quarters that they are responsible for maintaining. The facility includes an on-site fitness center, walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, a swimming pool, music rooms, and an authentic Native American sweat lodge. Smoking is not permitted on-site.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received feedback for this facility from six former clients, five of which awarded 4.8 out of five stars for treatment effectiveness.
Alum C.T. gave high ratings and wrote: "Amity Circle Tree Ranch has helped me understand my addictions and myself more then anyone or anything else ever." H.H. added, "this is a place that takes the emotionally and physical safety of women so seriously . Allowing me and so many women to feel safe enough to face some scary issues and wounds that often just get overlooked because they make people uncomfortable or its just too scary."
Several respondents also highlighted the quality of the staff, noting that they "care" and are "professional."
There are nearly 50 ratings across a handful of secondary review sites as well, most of which were positive. On Yelp to date, there were 12 ratings that averaged 4.25 out of five stars.  In a representative comment, Jesse wrote: "I am so thankful that I enrolled here. I have been to other rehabilitation centers, programs, treatment centers, and etc. but; this place is by far the best."
The six Google users who submitted reviews at the time of this writing provided a slightly higher average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Reviewers who provided commentary highlighted the “dedicated” staff and the depth of the center’s multi-phase programming. “Because this place is not a quick-fix 12 step solution, more time has to be spent working on one's self to achieve lasting healing and sobriety.” Jay wrote.
Additional ratings appeared on the facility's Facebook page to date, 18 of which averaged five out of five stars, and commentary was similar to that of Yelp and Google reviewers.
More critical feedback was given on Citehealth at the time of this writing where nine ratings averaged 3.22 out of five stars.  Giving one star, an anonymous reviewer wrote: "The place is dirty, staff is dirty, there is sex, drugs, alcohol being brought on campus. I don't trust the staff! Be careful before choosing this program," and another added: "Worst treatment center ever. Awful philosophies, untrained staff. Not 12-step based. Intimidation and fear rule."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave polarizing opinions of the facility. An anonymous loved one found the center and its programming to be helpful. They submitted a four-star rating for the center’s treatment effectiveness and wrote: “Makes livimg worth while … helped out when needed,” they told Rehabs.com. They did, however, note that the center needed “more space.”
On the other hand, Ann awarded just one out of five stars for treatment effectiveness and said, "Not a rehab center, more of a work camp... Food inadequate - my son was hungry most of the time.. This was a rip-off."
The cost for the 90-day program is $25,000, and the seven-month program is priced at $35,000. A monthly fee of $1,200 is charged for every child staying with their parent on campus. The facility has private-pay options and will provide itemized lists to individuals planning to file an insurance claim for reimbursement. Some residents of the State of Arizona may have funding provided by local or state agencies. All fees and a medical deposit (for doctor’s appointments and prescriptions) are due upon admission.
Published on December 2017
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